August 8, 1966
Charles Adolphus Whitman
Moving furniture August 9, 1966
August 1, 1966
Ex-military sharpshooter who killed a record 13 people from the University of Texas
Impetus for police to start SWAT teams which show up late at mass murders in heavily
armored vehicles wearing bullet proof vests, hide behind trees until the mass murderer
finally kills himself, then take credit for stopping more murders.
|Ancestry of Charles Whitman
||Charles Joseph Whitman, b. Lake Worth, Palm Beach, Florida, 24 June 1941, d.
Austin, Travis, Texas, 1 August 1966, bur. Hillcrest Memorial Park, West Palm Beach, Palm
Beach, Florida, 5 August 1966,
md. Texas, Kathleen Frances Leissner, b. Velasco, Brazoria, Texas, 12 July 1943, d.
Austin, Travis, Texas, 1 August 1966, bur. Greenlawn Memorial Park, Rosenberg, Fort Bend,
Texas, 3 August 1966, daughter of Raymond W. Leissner and Frances Holloway
|2ND GENERATION (PARENTS)
||Charles Adolphus Whitman, Jr., b. 3 February 1919, d. Lake Worth, Palm Beach,
Florida, 21 July 2001,
md. Florida, about 1940
||Margaret E. Hodges, b. Savannah, Chatham, Georgia, 26 October 1922, d. Austin,
Travis, Texas, 1 August 1966, bur. Hillcrest Memorial Park, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach,
Florida, 5 August 1966
|3RD GENERATION (GRANDPARENTS)
||Charles Adolphus Whitman, b. Georgia, about 1898, d. Chatham County, Georgia,
|4TH GENERATION (GREAT-GRANDPARENTS)
||Charles T. N. Whitman, b. Texas, about 1855, d. Chatham County, Georgia, before
md. Chatham County, Georgia, 8 August 1889,
||Mary Vandalia Goodwin, b. Georgia, about 1862
Jul 30, 2006
God did punish Charles Adolphus Whitman. He died in a Boynton Beach nursing home,
stupefied by Alzheimer's, friendless and ostracized, in 2001. (The Palm Beach Post)
By the end of the day, 17 people (including Whitman) were dead or dying, and 33 were
wounded. When Gunby finally made it to the hospital, doctors found that Whitmans
bullet had severed his small intestine. As doctors performed surgery to repair the
intestine, they also discovered that Gunby had only one kidney and that it, too, had been
damaged by bullet fragments.
According to published reports, Gunby never fully recovered. After the shooting, he
suffered repeated kidney problems and eventually received a kidney transplant. His body
rejected the new kidney, and he almost died.
Gunby finished his degree and settled here in Fort Worth. He raised two children with
his wife and worked at General Dynamics. For the last 27 years of his life, Gunby endured
kidney dialysis three times a week. He was in constant pain, but that didnt stop him
from being a good provider, father, and husband.
On Nov. 7, 2001, Gunby decided to stop dialysis. He was pronounced dead at Harris
Methodist Hospital a week later. He was Whitmans 18th victim.